The team that was the busiest during the NBA offseason was the Boston Celtics a team that a year ago won 53 games earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference and went to the Eastern Conference Final…only four players from that roster remain.
Out: Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Kelly Olynyk, Gerald Green, Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, Tyler Zeller, Jordan Mickey, James Young, Demetrius Jackson, Ante Zizic*
* Did not appear in an NBA Game last season
In: Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris, Aron Baynes, Jayson Tatum**, Daniel Theis*, Shane Larkin, Abdel Nadar*, Semi Ojeleye**, Kadeem Allen**, Jabari Bird**
*Belonged to the Celtics but did not appear in an NBA Game last season, **2017 NBA Draft Pick
Only Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier remain from the roster that made the East Final last season. While I feel they have undoubtedly upgraded in the talent category, I do expect the possibility that this team gets off to a slow start while learning Brad Stevens system. Since the Superteam era began back in the late 00’s I can only think of two examples of a team that hit the ground running the 2007-08 Celtics and the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors. When Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen came to Boston to team up with Paul Pierce there were no growing pains, no miscommunications nothing they started out 8-0 and were 26-3 when the calendar turned from 07 to 08 they only lost more than two in a row once finished 66-16 and won it all. And it didn’t matter how the Warriors communicated with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson if they were off the just made the shot to make up for it. When the bad stared it started with the big one happened when Lebron James and Chris Bosh took their talents to South Beach to play with Dwayne Wade through 17 games the Heat sat at 9-8. They played much better from there riding their talent all the way to the NBA Finals, but at no point in that season did the Heat feel like a dominant team as the eventually lost to Dallas Mavericks in the Finals.
The biggest disaster of them all was the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers when both Steve Nash and Dwight Howard were traded to LA LA Land to play with Kobe Bryant. Howard and Bryant both with massive personalities clashed from the very start, and it turned out that Nash and Bryant had both started to severely drop off from their peak selfs, the team limped into the playoffs as the 8 seed and were swept out in the first round by the San Antiono Spurs, Nash retired and Howard left via free agency that summer. In 2014 when Lebron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the team added Kevin Love to go along with Kyrie Irving they were 20-19 on January 14th. Irving and James clashed on many occasions and as we have come to learn it never really got much better.
So long story short it could look a little ugly to start for the Celtics, the only two teams that got off to a great start and never looked back were the two best teams in the NBA over the last 10 years.
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